Many Arab countries have recently been victimized due to the countless terrorist attacks that have taken place in the Middle East. The Arab spring has sparked countless revolutions that spread to neighboring countries like an epidemic, but as the revolutions heightened so did the acts of terrorism. The reason why terrorism reached its apex in the Middle East is mainly due to the fact that the only means of warfare that is available to oppressed people is terrorism. However, the acts of terrorism should be viewed no differently than the war crimes committed by the military, especially in regards to the conflicts sparked in the Middle East. Soldiers who are fighting a war are committing crimes no different than those committed by terrorists. Whether it be the heinous acts committed by the Bahraini soldiers, or the terrorists in Syria who have sugar coated their name to be considered rebels, soldiers and terrorists in the Middle East are fighting the same mission to obtain power, take down those who aren’t of the same religion, and to glorify their name amongst their people if not the entire world.
A terrorist attack such as 9/11 has changed the lives of all Americans, but to the Arabs in the Middle East, our 9/11 is their 24/7, and most of the time the governments are the reason beyond the massive killings. The bloodshed in Bahrain is a silent revolution over religion that most people aren’t aware of. The Bahraini citizens have been oppressed under the rule of King Hamad Al-Khalifa for many years. After the rise of the Arab spring, one country after another has been undergoing a revolution, yet the voice of most Bahrainis has been left unheard because they are unwanted in the king’s eyes. Under the command of the Bahraini king along with the assistance and aid of the Saudi King, soldiers have been ordered to kill innocent civilians. Why are innocent civilians the target in these brutal massacres and why isn’t the revolution getting the attention it deserves? The answer to both questions is simply because the majority of Bahraini citizens are Shia Muslims while the minority of citizens along with the royal family is Sunni. While Arabs blame their problems on the Israelis, the real problem is the disharmony and hatred between the two Islamic sects. In this case, the soldiers who are fulfilling the commands of their tyrant leaders are committing the same crimes done by terrorists.
In the past, Muslim extremists have slaughtered families, hung the men, raped the women, and have forever crushed the dreams of young children who never had a chance to succeed in life. The entire world cries when such melancholy events occur due to terrorism. Yet most of the world is silent when soldiers in Bahrain are committing the same acts on its people. Why should terrorist groups be acknowledged for such gruesome acts while hundreds of Bahraini lives are taken away each day and aren’t acknowledged because the soldiers are doing their job. There is no difference between what terrorists do and what Bahraini soldiers have been doing today. Furthermore, no revolution should be ignored especially one that involves the death of countless civilians. Saudi Arabia has been behind this silent revolution in Bahrain and they are the ones behind the fake revolution in Syria.
Having said that, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Israel along with the Western powers have formulated a proxy war to take down President Bashar Al-Assad out of power. Truth of the matter is, President Assad is not a tyrant leader and is loved by his people, contrary to popular belief. Why was this proxy war created in the first place? It is because of power and resources. Syria lies in the heart of the Middle East, plays a crucial role in Middle Eastern politics, has oil, and is allies with Iran which automatically makes them an enemy according to the West. Interestingly enough, these so called Syrian ‘rebels’ are not Syrian, majority of them are Muslim jihadist sent from Libya, Jordan, Turkey and other Islamic countries. These terrorists have blown up churches, schools, mosques, and have destroyed most of Syria. Not to mention the kidnappings, beatings, and violence these terrorists have caused. Aside from that, they capture innocent civilians who support Bashar and behead them while screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’. Saudi Arabia also proclaimed that under Sharia law, Muslim jihadists (terrorists) are given the right to rape any women in Syria as long as they are not Sunni, making Christians, Shias, and Druze an open target for their atrocious acts.
Unfortunately the world has been fed with lies and propaganda into believing that these terrorists are legitimate soldiers fighting for their countries freedom. As more and more jihadists fill the Syrian country, Al Qaeda along with Al Nusra have made moves of their own to destruct the Syrian country. So instead of fighting a war on terror, America is the one funding the terrorists. Under the approval of the American government, the CIA is funding and training the ‘rebels’. Many people will deny the fact that America is funding terrorists and that they are training legitimate rebels to overthrow Bashar’s regime. On the other hand, Ex- CNN reporter Amber Lyon had openly stated that CNN made us lie about Syria and Iran. Whether it is the terrorists or foreign soldiers who have entered Syria, we should not be easily fooled by their acts. They may go by different names for one is regarded as a terrorist and the other as a soldier, both groups have the intentions of overthrowing the Syrian government so they can be the ones in control.
America may be training the ‘rebels’ in Syria now but America goes a long way when it comes to training and funding terrorists groups. As a super power, one duty a country must fulfill at all times is to glorify its country’s name, even if it means playing by dirty tricks. When Russia had invaded Afghanistan in the 1980’s, the CIA under America’s approval funded Al-Qaeda billions of dollars along with supplying them with weaponry so they wouldn’t lose Afghanistan to the Communists. Bin Laden was also a CIA agent during the 1980’s and was trained by the United States. Years later America fought against Al-Qaeda in order to obtain oil from Iraq and to destabilize the Middle East. However, America sees its acts as rightful and justified because according to them they were helping the Afghans win over against the communists the same way they are helping the ‘freedom fighters’ in Syria and not terrorists.
If a country funds terrorists, doesn’t that make their actions equivalent to those done by terrorists themselves? America trained Bin Laden and at the end Bin Laden used all he knew against the Americans. No means of extremist acts should be used in order to glorify one’s own country. At the end America funded Al-Qaeda during the cold war and fought against them during the war on terror. Some may call America’s actions heroic, but are they really? The amount of causalities and civilians lost in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan were tremendous. Funding Al-Qaeda in the 80’s and fighting against them now is quite contradictory. America’s intervention in any country should be deemed as an act of terror. Glorifying America’s name by attempting to win a never ending war on terrorism or by trying to other throwing a tyrant regime makes American soldiers terrorists too. As long as innocent civilians are in danger and are being killed, whether it is America or the United Nations, a terrorist act is a terrorist act.
Terrorism is learned and the biggest terrorist acts are usually committed none other than by government officials. The problem with politics nowadays is that Islam is associated with terrorism. Terrorism has no religion and those committing the acts have been brainwashed into doing them. Charismatic leaders are able to manipulate soldiers or jihadist into doing what they think is right. Therefore soldiers should not be praised for their ‘heroic’ acts when they are killing civilians, destroying homes along with the country itself. They go by different names but the acts they are committing are the same.